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September 18 2012

4:51 PM

Furyk focused on win, not scenarios

Interview: Jim Furyk

The 2010 FedExCup champ knows he will need to win to have a shot at a second title.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA -- Jim Furyk has no idea what he needs to do to win the FedExCup. Other than win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, that is.

If he can win the final event in the FedExCup Playoffs for the second time in two years, Furyk will have a chance to win the $10 million bonus again, as well. But starting this week at No. 18 will make him even more dependent on the kindness of the not-so-strangers in the top five than he was in 2010 when the veteran came to East Lake ranked 11th.

"I know I would have to win, and a lot of things would have to happen," Furyk said. "But I'm never really worried about that. Like I said, I had two or three friends try to text me, do you know what you have to do? No. It's hard enough winning a golf tournament. I can't control the rest."

Bill Haas followed in Furyk's footsteps last year, coming in ranked 25th and taking the dual titles. But given the way these Playoffs have unfolded -- with Rory McIlroy winning the last two tournaments, bringing his total for the year to four -- a come-from-well-behind FedExCup victory like the one last year seems unlikely.

"I think those top 10 to 12 guys probably have a really good opportunity,” Furyk said. "Then past that, it's going to take a lot of help, because, as you said, the guys that are up there at the top have been playing very well.
   
"It's hard to imagine Rory not being in contention this week as well as he's been playing. But that's part of it. I think all we can do is really worry about our game and trying to get ourselves in position to try to win a golf tournament this week."

Furyk, who is looking for his first win since 2010 at East Lake, thinks the different ways the FedExCup has been won -- by dominant players, in a dogfight and coming from out of the pack -- only adds to the allure of the Playoffs, which have quickly cemented themselves in the golf calendar.

"I think every year it's accomplished what we wanted it to," Furyk said. "It's given television another month of golf. It's given the fans, the best players in the game another month of golf. The ratings are pretty good. People are watching. They're interested.

“That's what fans tell me, and we didn't have that before. After the last major championship we had the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup left. Ratings failed. It was difficult on sponsors, difficult on television. Now we've got more people watching. We've got more interest for one more month of golf, and it's good for our sport and good for our TOUR."

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